Who Run the World?
#SheDares favorites Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya Coleman and Malia Obama were named in Timer’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 list. This year’s list features kids that make you aspire to be like them when you grow up. There is a great mix of males and females and cultural diversity, kudos Time and even more accolades to those youth on the list making their mark. Check out the full list here.
Spike Lee released the first trailer for his much talked about film Chiraq, a movie focusing on the violent city which now has a body count higher than the casualties of the war in Iraq. Per Spike’s usual style the trailer was met with lots of controversy and questions. The film looks to takes an entertaining and ironic view (a la Tarantino and Greek Comedy Lysistrata) at the violence in Chicago over the expected documentary or drama. Chiraq has a bevy of stars including Teyonah Parris, Angela Basset, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson. Will you be seeing the film? Check out the trailer below:
-Ish Just Got Real at Mizzou
As part of a protest to remove the current Mizzou President Time Wolfe, a graduate student Jonathan Butler is on a hunger strike. The hunger strike has come after numerous incidents this year regarding race and students rights on campus that students and faculty feel that Wolfe is not adequately addressing. This past weekend in a show of solidarity all athletes of color have decided to no longer participate in any sports activities. If Jonathan’s strike wasn’t gaining attention the sports athletes have quickly rose this issue to garner national media attention. This hits close to home as I attended college in Columbia, Mo, know several current students as well as alum and I knew Jonathan Butler during my time in college. His act of bravery is amazing and I await more information and updates. Check out all the events that have happened this year at Mizzou, click here.
Allow a second for hometown pride. My hometown team, the Royals, won the baseball World Series last weekend! It was an amazing accomplishment, one the city has waited 30 years on. If you know anything about Kansas City you know that fans are loyal to the home teams and the World Series was no different. The victory parade on Tuesday was said to be amazing with over 800,000 attendees. Stay Royal!